Is Napping Goodor Bad for You?
Do you ever think back to when you were in kindergarten, and at the middle of the day came the routine nap time? Do you ever wish that could be part of your routine now?
With everything we do throughout each work day, many of us exhaust ourselves working off of sometimes only 5 hours of sleep. The idea of napping during the day may seem entirely ludicrous to many of us, something we would only be doing if we were still in kindergarten. However, while napping may seem like a thing of the past, studies have found that napping (if done correctly) may actually have some beneficial effects.
Before diving into the benefits of napping, let’s first do a breakdown of all of the different types of napping (yes, there are categories of naps).
First, there is what’s called “planned napping,” which involves resting before you actually become tired. Planned napping would be the technique of getting in some quick z’s as preparation for staying up later, or to avoid becoming tired earlier in your day.
The next category, “emergency napping” happens when you quickly become so tired, you feel as though you cannot continue with your task until you sleep.
Lastly, “habitual napping” is the act of taking naps at the same time each day, similar to when you were in kindergarten.
With all the different types of napping as a general recommendation, naps for adults really should only last a maximum amount of 10-30 minutes. Anything longer than this will result in waking up groggy, and may interfere with your regular sleep schedule. A study conducted on napping found that naps that lasted 10 minutes produced the most benefits, while a nap lasting 30 minutes or longer was more likely to result in waking up feeling disoriented.
So you may be asking yourself, what are the pros and cons of napping? Well, rest assured your questions will be answered.
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Here are some of the key benefits
for the recommended 10-30 minutes:
Working all day can really wear down your ability to stay alert. Luckily, napping can help restore your alertness directly following your time spent asleep. Napping may even extend your sense of alertness for a few hours later in the day.
Enhanced performance and reduced mistakes
Overall, when you’re tired you are more prone to decrease your productivity and are more vulnerable to making errors. Napping has been found to help revitalize both your performance and accuracy. Military studies conducted by NASA found pilots and astronauts improved their performance by 34% after a quick nap.
Help for those with Narcolepsy
If you struggle with narcolepsy, scheduled napping has been proven to help reduce the effects.
Taking a nap can feel like a luxury. The act of allowing yourself some time to rest can help boost relaxation and give yourself a sense of mental rejuvenation.
While there are clear benefits to napping, there are some cons that may arise when done so incorrectly. Here are some of the ways napping may affect you negatively, when done improperly:
With naps that last longer than 30 minutes, for some longer than even 20 minutes, sleep inertia can occur. Sleep inertia is the feeling of grogginess you experience upon waking up from a deep sleep. While this feeling may not last too long, for those hoping to receive an immediate boost in energy after napping this can be a downside.
Effects on regular sleep schedule
Once again naps that last too long, or that are too later in the day, can have a negative impact upon your regular sleep schedule. If you take too long of a nap too late in your day, you may have trouble falling asleep that night or staying asleep.
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Evidently, napping can be either a positive or negative, depending on how you approach it. However, if you find yourself needing naps throughout the day, chances are that you may not be receiving enough sleep at night.
This is where we come in. Lucky for you, Lull is dedicated to providing our consumers with the sleep they deserve, to give them a better sense of energy and well-being. One of the greatest factors to a restless night’s sleep is the quality of your mattress. And if you’re not sleeping on a Lull, then you’re not getting your best possible sleep.
Here are some of the ways the quality of a new Lull can help your sleep, whether it’s your overnight sleep or your naps:
Lull mattresses are made with 3 layers of memory foam that each serve their own purpose to provide ultimate comfort and support. The first and largest layer begins with the core base that provides support to your body, followed by the transition layer that provides a necessary bounce, and lastly, the gel-infused top layer that perfectly forms to your body shape, giving you the best possible comfort. With each layer, there’s no room for any kind of aches or pains. Lull is the goldilocks of mattresses, not too firm or too soft, just the perfect amount of support and comfort: made for practically everyone.
Lull mattresses are built with both movement isolation and cooling technology. The memory foam material allows for a reduced feeling of movement. If someone is 6 inches away from you, you won’t feel a thing! Lull’s gel-infused top layer allows for extensive airflow and draws heat away from your body to redistribute it throughout the rest of the material.
Lull mattresses are guaranteed to never valley, even after years of use. With a 10-year warranty, Lull mattresses are sure to never valley. Which you guessed it, means years and years of the best quality sleep.
Strive to get the best sleep of your life, whenever you may need it. With how hard some of us work, no matter how long we sleep at night a nap may feel necessary. So whether you’re a serial napper or not, you'll want every z you get to count. Make each z count with Lull.
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